Here are some helpful tips to having a healthy and beautiful lawn.
• Thanks to the cool, wet weather at the end of May, lawns are think, green, and growing.
• To maintain this thick green lawn, don’t wait until it starts to turn yellow, fertilize now.
• Apply an organic fertilizer that will give the lawn a slower and longer feeding and won’t cause a lot of rapid growth which means less cutting and a lawn that stay greener longer.
• Be on the lookout for any lawn diseases such as dollar spot, pythium blight, red thread, and fusarium blight. If you see a problem with your lawn, bring in a sample that has the symptoms on it and we will help identify the problem and tell you how to control it.
• There is still time to plant grass seed, whether you’re just patching or seeding a new lawn. You should make sure to keep the seed bed wet morning, noon and night.
Tip to Remember! When you are planting grass seed, make sure that you do not spread too much grass seed. If there is too much seed down, then there is a chance that it will chock itself out and not germinate. It is better to have to reseed the area and have grass growing then it is to have nothing grow at all.
• Anytime this month up until the middle of July, an All Season Grub control should be applied to the lawn for the control of this year’s upcoming grub population. You will get better grub control by an All Season Grub Control now then trying to control them later on in the fall after they have started to do damage.
• For an organic control of grubs, apply Milky Spore three times a year for two consecutive years. When applying Milky Spore, make sure there is moisture in the ground.
• June is a great month to plant both perennials and annuals. The ground is warm, no danger of frost, it’s not too hot and the rainfall is fairly adequate. Many gardeners don’t start planting until June.
• To take up space in the garden, select flowering plants that are used in hanging baskets. These plants will spread and give you a beautiful display of blooms all summer long and will probably outperform the ones in hanging baskets.
• Some varieties to try are:
• Remove spent flowers (also known as deadheading) from annuals and perennials to help lengthen bloom time and overall appearance.
• Some easy to grow perennials that bloom most of the summer are listed below. They all come in several different colors and heights and mix well with annuals.
• Keep annuals and perennials fertilized with a liquid or granular fertilizer to keep them healthy and blooming.
Tip to Remember! If using a liquid fertilizer, apply it at least once a week of use it every time you water at half strength. If using a granular fertilizer, lightly side dress plants every 2-3 weeks.
• Cool wet weather brings out slugs and snails. Apply slug and snail bait around bushy or leafy plants of annuals and perennials. Treat before they devour your plants with Sluggo, Diatomaceous Earth, or Iron Sulphate.
• Healthy trees and shrubs are less susceptible to insect and disease attacks.
• The plants below should be sprayed this month:
Rhododendrons need to be sprayed for the control of borers. Be sure to spray all the bark areas, because that is where the borers enter.
White Birch Trees should be sprayed mid-June with borer spray for the control of bronze birch borer.
Azaleas and japonicas should be sprayed with a systemic insect killer to control aphids and mites. Be sure to use a mine mist and comer the entire leaf surface.
Dogwoods should be sprayed with a borer spray.
Arborvitae should be sprayed with a systemic for the control of spruce spider mites and bagworms.
Euonymus should be sprayed with a systemic or oil spray for the control of euonymus scale.
• Fertilize roses now with a liquid fertilizer such as blossom booster or broadcast a granular fertilizer around each rose bush.
• Keep roses mulches with cocoa shell, cedar or cypress mulch.
• Aphids are a common problem on the buds of roses, so be sure to spray for them.
• Spray or dust roses with a rose and floral insect and disease control. Do this every 10-14 days after every rain.
• If spraying of dusting seems too time consuming or consuming, then apply All in One Rose and Flower Care that fertilizes and controls insects and diseases for up to 6 weeks.
• Plant seeds of broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage directly in the garden anytime this month for a fall harvest.
• Other than pea seeds, since they can’t take hot weather, seeds of cucumbers, zucchini, beans, lettuce, kohlrabi, carrots, parsnips and just about any other vegetable can still be planted.
• Garlic, onions and leeks are doing great due to the cool wet weather that occurred in late May. Side dress them with urea or nitrate of soda to help ensure large bulbs.
• If you have had trouble with the striped cucumber beetle attacking your cucumber and zucchini plants, then save some room in the garden to plant more after June 25th. The cucumber beetle is done doing its damage around this date. Yet there is still more than enough time to get a full harvest. Both zucchini and cucumbers can be planted up until the middle of July, if not a week to 10 days later.
• Keep gardens weeded to have more moisture available to plants and to cut down on insect and disease problems.
• Once the garden is weeded, apply a weed preventer such as Preen or Corn Glutten. Grass clippings, compost or cocoa shell mulch can be applied to help control weeds, conserve moisture and help build soil structure.
• Spray fruit trees with a multipurpose fruit tree spray every 10-14 days.
• If mixing your own fruit tree spray, use a combination spray of an insecticide and fungicide. Insecticides to use are sevin or malathoin. Good fungicides to use are chlorathalonil or captan.
• For an organic spray use Neem Oil or Bon Neem, and Serenade for diseases.
• Make sure to prune off any suckers or water sprouts that may be appearing.
• If the weather turns dry, give fruit trees a deep watering every week or two.
For more helpful tips and answers to questions you may have, refer to FAQ.